Technical Keyboard

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About this app

The NextApp Technical Keyboard is a derivative of the AOSP keyboard, with added arrow keys and other special keys, and a slightly tweaked QWERTY layout that is closer to that of a PC Keyboard. There are multiple themes to choose from.

A "precision feedback" feature increases feedback vibration when your presses are not near the center of the keys. When autocorrection is applied, a double-pulse feedback is rendered.

This is a BETA RELEASE of this app. If you experience issues with it, please report them to It's extremely difficult to have a conversation using the Play Store review system.

This version comes with English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish dictionaries.

I would greatly appreciate feedback on the keyboard layouts, including the arrangement of special keys on the alphabet keyboard, symbols keyboard, and function keyboards.

Function Keyboard

This keyboard includes a function key ("Fn") toward its lower left corner which can be used to access many additional keys typically found on a PC or Mac keyboard, including:

• Cursor Arrow Keys
• Page Up / Page Down
• Insert, Delete, Home, and End.
• Function F1-F12.
• Ctrl and Alt
• Tab
• Escape

The fundamental QWERTY keyboard layout has been very slightly tweaked to more closely replicate that of a PC keyboard. Specifically, the size of the left shift key has been reduced such that the third row (ZXCVBNM) is no longer overly shifted to the right. The shift key is now a standard sized key. This modification only applies to phones (the AOSP keyboard already uses this layout for tablets).


This keyboard is based on the AOSP keyboard from Android KitKat 4.4. It uses identical permissions to that keyboard. The "read contacts" permission is used to autocomplete names from your contacts. This keyboard DOES NOT send any data to anyone.

Thank you for helping beta test this keyboard!
Updated on
Aug 30, 2017

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Ratings and reviews

2.52K reviews
A Google user
October 5, 2018
I use NextApp to replace the Samsung keyboard on my S8 plus. With every other app, NextApp works just fine. But when I use Firefox Mobile in combo with NextApp, the backspace key is virtually useless. I have to make corrections using back arrows and the forward-delete key, or else highlight the block of text to remove and forward-delete that way. Backspacing through one or more characters will often cause an entire string of characters to duplicate. It's not uncommon to correct a word and then have multiple parts of the word appear out of nowhere. Hoping someone else has an idea of how to fix this!
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Dee C
September 29, 2023
Great editing options! Spell suggestion & voice to text. Easy to read keypad. Key letter and symbol resizing, individual row resizing as well as 0-100% keyboard height resizing, separate resizing options for portrait and landscape. The editing shortcuts are super functional for working in documents. PgUp, PgDn, Home, End, Navigation arrows and tab stops. Delete forward and backward. Choice of keypad themes from light to dark. I'm using it on my Android phones as my writing go-to. Thank you.
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A Google user
April 21, 2020
UPDATE: I'm still using this keyboard for certain features because no one else has them. I just wished the developer would update it so all the latest emojis can be used. This keyboard is the only one I use for programming and major editing of documents. I have not found another keyboard that has all the features this one has. I hope the developer doesn't abandon it.
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What's new

All features are now free, including themes and precision vibration feedback. No beta expiration.
Long pressing space now sends tab character (may be disabled via settings).
Option to always use "PC Layout" in landscape orientation.